Deep Down

Deep Down Death stalks the haunted windswept prairie in this chilling sequel to Wide OpenNow that she s solved her sister s murder Hallie Michaels has left the army and isn t sure what to do next Her relation

Death stalks the haunted, windswept prairie in this chilling sequel to Wide OpenNow that she s solved her sister s murder, Hallie Michaels has left the army and isn t sure what to do next Her relationship with deputy Boyd Davies is tentative, there s still distance between her and her father, and she needs a job The good news is, she hasn t seen a ghost in weeks.All thatDeath stalks the haunted, windswept prairie in this chilling sequel to Wide OpenNow that she s solved her sister s murder, Hallie Michaels has left the army and isn t sure what to do next Her relationship with deputy Boyd Davies is tentative, there s still distance between her and her father, and she needs a job The good news is, she hasn t seen a ghost in weeks.All that changes when she gets a call asking her to help an elderly neighbor who is being stalked by black dogs, creatures from the underworld that are harbingers of death When a black dog appears, Hallie learns, a reaper is sure to follow And if the dark visions she s suddenly receiving are any indication, it looks like the reaper is now following her.Meanwhile, strange events herald the arrival of ghosts from Boyd s past, ghosts the young deputy isn t ready to face Refusing Hallie s help, Boyd takes off to deal with the problem on his own, only to find that he s facing something much larger and frightening than he d imagined.Stalked by a reaper and plagued by dark visions, Hallie finds she must face her fears and travel into Death s own realm to save those she most loves.

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  1. I grew up on a farm in western New York I currently live in central Iowa I work in IT by day and train dogs and write books by night I live with a Rottweiler, a German Pinscher and a lot of books.I am a fan of flyover country, wide open spaces, weather, books, working dogs, gutsy heroines and steadfast heroes.My first novel, Wide Open, was published by Tor on March 13, 2012 My second novel Deep Down is out March 5, 2013.

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  1. Anybody else think the first book, WIDE OPEN, was a tad predictable I did It didn t bother me, because I was reading for the characters and dialogue and setting, all of which were so good that I didn t care that it was super obvious that Martin was the bad guy.But in DEEP DOWN We still have the characters and dialogue and setting, but the story is also less predictable I did guess what was special about Lily and Beth, but not much than that Several details took me totally by surprise In DEEP DO [...]


  2. From the moment I laid eyes on DEEP DOWN s gorgeous cover, I couldn t wait to get my hands on it In WIDE OPEN, I fell in love with Hallie There is a particular quality to Deborah Coates s writing that immerses me in her characters The spare, concise narrative is so clearly seen through Hallie s eyes, so simply stated with her voice, that even though I have little in common with this self contained character I come away feeling like I know her on a meaningful level This connection with Hallie bec [...]


  3. Published on drey s library dreyslibrary 2013 04 2Well, Hallie s figured out what happened to her sister, and barely survived it Now maybe she ll have the opportunity to figure out what she wants to do with the rest of her life Hopefully without all that otherworldly stuff that s been dogging her.Too bad what Hallie wants doesn t matter Because no sooner does she gets a job proposition than she starts seeing black dogs Dogs nobody else can see, except for a select few Dogs who appear and disappe [...]


  4. There is a particular quality to Deborah Coates writing that immerses me in her characters The spare, concise narrative is so clearly seen through Hallie s eyes, so simply stated with her voice, that even though I have little in common with this self contained character I come away feeling like I know her on a meaningful level This connection with Hallie becomes all the important, too, as her world writhes and changes around her Ghosts, magic, and monsters all permeate this story, sometimes to [...]


  5. Hallie Michaels is back in civilian life for good, but she s not sure yet what she wants to do with that life, and she s loath to be tied down to any one option An old Army friend offers her a job that would take her away from her small South Dakota hometown again She s tempted to take it, but when she checks on her elderly neighbor Pabby Pabahar at her father s request, Hallie discovers a mystery that may keep her in town for a while.Pabby s property is surrounded by black dogs that no one but [...]


  6. The spare, emotion loaded beauty of Coates terse dialogue and South Dakota rancher milieu started in Wide Open continues here in Deep Down.Hallie Michaels is hanging around on her father s ranch, no longer able to return to her former life as a normal, army grunt in Afghanistan.Her run in with the supernatural in the prior book has left her a bit at a loss for a life path She s staying in town, but plans to leave both the town and her new romantic interest, boyish, strait laced Boyd Davies.She s [...]


  7. After reading Wide Open I luckily had Deep Down ready and waiting for me to pick it up While I do think you may be able to read this book without reading the first book, I wouldn t recommend it You would miss to much character and story wise Plus, there is only one book in this trilogy so I would t miss that first book.While the first book relied a bit heavily on mystery than the paranormal, this one seemed to be the opposite There was still plenty of mystery, but the paranormal reigns in this [...]


  8. Deep Down is even stronger than Wide Open The plot is a little less cluttered and thematically stronger the villain doesn t do quite so much evil cackling and Hallie and Boyd s relationship remains adult, communicative, and healthy even when it faces challenges Plus there s an awesome snarky talking death dog.The setting remains one of the strong points of the story, and Hallie s complicated relationship with her home pervades the narrative The tension between her and her acquaintances, who know [...]


  9. I received an advanced copy for review 5 FREAKING BIG, HUMONGOUS, BRILLIANTLY SHINING STARS This book is so darn good, I wanted bad weather so I could stay home and finish it Anyway, Hallie, a former soldier returns from the war in Afghanistan to her father s ranch She has no idea what she is going to do next She gets a call from one of her old soldier buddies who offers her a good job She would be traveling and away from her small, home town where everybody knows everything about everybodyOh wa [...]


  10. Eerie and quietly gorgeous I loved the first 4 5 of the book and liked the last fifth even though it actually clashed with one of my very strongest personal biases as a reader I haaaaate dream sequences, for purely subjective reasons, and an important part of this book read a bit like a dream sequence in many ways, for excellent reasons but it was so well written that I kept reading and enjoying the book anyway, which says a lot Oh, and I meant to add this book has my favorite supernatural dog c [...]


  11. Deep Down is well worth a read Coates unique writing style deserves much praise and attention She has managed to write a unique, mature and believable urban fantasy that could easily appeal to a wide audience Hallie is a wonderful character to follow, despite the fact that she can seem a little withdrawn from the reader at times I have to admit, the I read from Coates, the addicted to her writing I become Deep Down is an incredibly effective subtle thrill ride Give it a try I bet it will surpr [...]



  12. This series of books are really different from so many other fantasies I ve read They take place in rural South Dakota, though they are set in present day, mixing the real with the fantasy This type of blending is often seen in urban fantasy books I really love how the setting place is as much as a character as the main characters.


  13. This book has an interesting cast of characters and a fascinating storyline with a nice paranormal mix I loved the harbinger Additionally, Hallie is a strong heroine Really enjoyed this storyline, even than book 1.


  14. This a great second book to the seriesI cant wait to read I grew up in the mid west and she captures the life better than anyone I have read before.



  15. I don t use star ratings, so please read my review Description nicked from BN Now that she s solved her sister s murder, Hallie Michaels has left the army and isn t sure what to do next Her relationship with deputy Boyd Davies is tentative, there s still distance between her and her father, and she needs a job The good news is, she hasn t seen a ghost in weeks.All that changes when she gets a call asking her to help an elderly neighbor who is being stalked by black dogs, creatures from the under [...]


  16. GENRE Urban FantasyTHEME Romance, Supernatural, GhostRECEIVED Received from TorBLOG seeingnight REVIEW Loved this Deep Down was pretty much just as good as Wide Open, but I felt had eerie paranormal goodness that I liked it that much Hallie is really getting deeper into her supernatural side and the ghost aren t her only problem this time.Hallie is done with the Army and is back on her father s farm trying to figure out her next step She also is still trying to figure out her relationship with [...]


  17. You may also read my review here mybookishways 2013 04 Hallie Michaels finds herself settling back in to the day to day chores involved in the upkeep of her father s South Dakota ranch It hasn t been long since she solved her sister s murder and feelings of restlessness are starting to creep in When she encounters a dark shadow one morning, which knocks her to her feet and sends a shooting pain through her head, the first inklings of dread begin to take hold Hallie can see ghosts, which she assu [...]


  18. As is the usual preamble, I received this book in a GoodReads giveaway Despite that kind consideration of sending me books in the mail for free, I will render my candid opinions below It s also worth noting that I haven t read the first book in this series so I m coming in a bit in the middle of things.Our protagonist is seeing ghosts Not in the usual metaphorical sense but in the quite literal sense Not just ghosts but Harbingers of Death, Reapers and that most grim of Grims, Death himself Wors [...]


  19. Deep Down by Deborah Coates, the sequel to Wide Open opens on its protagonist busy with chores, baling hay for cattle and bison It s an idyllic image, and one that is soon shattered, as a shadow quite literally falls over her For Hallie Michaels, this is not only frightening, but also a source of pain, as she gets a blinding headache when the ghost, aka the shadow, passes over her And so the quiet of her life is broken, and things don t improve from there.There are some elements that are clearly [...]


  20. Deep Down is the second in Deborah Coates series of novels featuring Hallie Michaels The first novel was good, and this one is even better, so this is a must read for anyone who liked the first book.For readers who are unfamiliar with the series Hallie died and was revived while serving as a soldier in Afghanistan She came back with a new ability she can see ghosts In Coates first novel, Wide Open, Hallie solved her sister s murder with some help from ghosts and a handsome sheriff s deputy who h [...]


  21. As with the first book in this series, it s tough to give Deep Down a star rating, because the aspects that would normally take a book down a notch in my eyes very slow pacing, very late reveals of important things, a little too much reliance on deus ex machinas somehow never actually seem like flaws when Deborah Coates is behind the wheel, which is puzzling but amazing all at once.Hallie continues to be a brilliant character solid and stubborn, and utterly determined to win at whatever she s pu [...]


  22. Deep Down There was all sorts of reviews on the cover inside cover of Deep Down for a book written before this by the author, which was apparently a pre story to this It sort of didn t matter, whether or not you read it There was some references but it seemed as though the author told you what was of importance each time it happened AnywaysDeep Down was a story about Hallie, Boyd, Death and Hollowell Hallie lives on a ranch with her father, alone, because they lost their sister and mom Her fathe [...]


  23. Hallie Michaels future is up in the air since she s left the Army and started to come to grips with her unusual new abilities Hallie can see ghosts and when a neighbor Pabby asks her to deal with the black dogs stalking her property, Hallie realizes she can see harbingers of death and reapers, too Mix them with the evil which has returned for her kind of boyfriend, Deputy Boyd Davies and you have Deep Down I haven t read Wide Open , the first book featuring Hallie Michaels, but I have it on my t [...]


  24. Unlike book 1 Wide Open I read Deep Down in one day as it engrossed me from beginning to end.Like the first book this one relied heavily on word imagery rather than characters conversing about what was happening, when they did talk it was short and to the point conversations that were perfectly easy to follow as well as informative for the most part.I was amused by the dry humor that surrounded interaction between Hallie and the Black Dogs, her somewhat eerie interactions with Death and very hap [...]


  25. Overall I think Deep Down could have been better, however I don t like to leave a book incomplete in reading, so I was compelled to finish it There were a lot of unfinished thoughts, feelings, and just a whole lot of misunderstanding going on with the lead characters Hallie and Boyd especially Like the characters couldn t quite explain why something or how something and couldn t determine any need of, yeah, something like that It was a little irritating and frustrated my reading of the book But [...]


  26. I had mixed feelings when I started this book In the first third of the book, Coates spent a lot of time EXPLAINING situations, emotions, and intentions rather than letting the action and dialogue speak for itself I didn t read the first book in this series, so I mistakenly assumed that all this explaining must have been because the target audience were readers who are new to the supernatural fantasy genre and who need a little hand holding The first half of the book is also when the heroine, Ha [...]


  27. In this sequel to Wide Open, Hallie Michaels is discharged from the army, living with her father on their South Dakota ranch and wondering what to do with the rest of her life She s hoping that her ghostly encounters were an abberation, not to be repeated Then a friend asks her to check on an elderly neighbor, who is talking about seeing black dogs and strangers on her ranch The trouble is, no one else sees them Except Hallie Now Maddie is dealing not just with ghosts but with these strange blac [...]


  28. An urban fantasy mystery about seeing the world as you want it to be vs seeing the world as it really is, the balance of life and death, and the lure of immortality Hallie is determined and stubborn, driven to solve other people s problems Like Orpheus journeying into Hades to retrieve his dead lover, Hallie must go into a separate space to save Boyd from death The romance is understated, especially since Hallie can see Lily s ghost I like the layered conversations that Hallie hears, in which sp [...]


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